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Title : Drink of Immortality: Essays on Distillation and Alcohol Use in Ancient India
Author : D.N. Jha (Ed.)
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789390035212
Pages : 278
Year of Pub : 2020
Price : Rs 1,495.00
"This collection contains ten articles, the first four of them dealing with the antiquity of distillation process in India which is central to the manufacture
of alcohol. Written from different points of view they reflect the lack of unanimity among scholars and throw light on an important aspect of technology. The remaining six articles discuss the evidence of alcohol use in ancient India. Drawing on textual evidence from religious and secular literature, they unravel the lesser known aspects of life of ancient Indians and amply demonstrate how alcohol consumption influenced religion and art. They emphasize that neither the ancient Indians nor their gods and goddesses were abstemious teetotalers: evidence is plentiful to indicate that they were more bon vivant than we can imagine or give them credit for."
About the Author
Dwijendra Narayan Jha (popularly known as D N Jha) was educated at the Presidency College, Calcutta and Patna University where he taught history for more than a decade. He was Professor of History, University of Delhi, until his retirement in 2005. He has authored several works including Revenue System in Post Maurya and Gupta Times; Ancient India; The Myth of the Holy Cow; Against the Grain and Rethinking Hindu Identity, etc. His edited works include The Feudal Order; Contesting Symbols and Stereotypes. He has travelled widely, and has lectured at a number of educational institutions and universities in India and abroad including London, Kabul, Tokyo , Kyoto, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Leiden. He has also held visiting assignments at Paris and Kiel.


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